thrombophlebitis (blood clotting within & inflammation of a vein) of the thoracoepigastric vein. This vein runs along the side of the torso from the belly button level (where it receives venous blood from the superficial epigastric & circumflex iliac veins) up to the area of the armpit where it empties into the subclavian vein directly under the collar bone. Mondor’s can occur spontaneously or after any type of trauma including breast surgery. It manifests as a warm tender area around the vein in the uper outer quadrant of the breast or in the skin fold just beneath the breast. The skin may be pitted with swelling & the vein may feel like a tender warm cord. The condition is listed in the Plastic Surgery textbooks as a possible complication of breast augmentation. Most cases apparently resolve spontaneously but most patients are probably placed on antibiotics & warm compresses when diagnosed. It is a rare condition.